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Does the Holy Spirit always answer our call? It doesn’t seem that way.

Q. It’s said a number of times in the Course that the Holy Spirit always answers a call. I feel blessed to have had a number of experiences in my life when I have felt that my call was answered, so I know from experience that answers are given. It’s the always I don’t get. […]

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Why are we “drawn” towards a particular person? And what should we do when we are?

Q. Why would we be “drawn” towards a particular person or persons? According to the Course, is this the workings of the Holy Spirit or the ego, or both? Wouldn’t the people we feel drawn to, as well as the ones we have an aversion to, be our way towards healing our minds, our very […]

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What motivated us to separate?

Q. What motivated us to separate? A. The Course gives two answers to this, and they both come down to the same thing. First, the two answers: One answer is that we wanted special love from God (see T-13.III.10-12). We wanted Him to single us out, to love us more than His other Sons. (This […]

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Why does the Workbook have so many negative statements?

Q. Today’s lesson is “There is nothing my holiness cannot do.” Wouldn’t it be more positive to say, “My holiness can do everything”? I notice the Workbook has negative phrases like this and I wonder how Helen or Bill, being psychologists, did not pick up on the negative phrases straight off. A. As always with […]

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Could the separation have happened for a higher purpose?

Q. Is it possible that the separation happened for a higher purpose? The Course talks as if it was purely a mistake. But I wonder if there is more to the story. A. A great many spiritual teachings put forth the idea that we embarked on this journey apart from God for a divinely ordained […]

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If I feel guilty for judging another, should I forgive myself?

Q. I have been noticing lingering guilt that stems from judging someone or having a harsh reaction toward someone. From the Course’s standpoint, I should forgive myself as a way of getting rid of this guilt—am I right? A. Letting go of guilt is definitely a major focus in the Course. We do no one […]

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If I get sick, does that mean I am not very evolved spiritually?

Q. I have been sick lately, and my spiritual friends are acting like this is some kind of statement of how spiritually backward I am. Does the Course see one’s degree of physical sickness or health as a measure of one’s spiritual advancement? A. It is true that the Course sees physical illness as a […]

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How can we excuse the Course for making gaffes?

Q. In Chapter 3 of the Text, the Course says, “The Bible tells you to know yourself .” You have correctly identified that this comes from the Oracle of Delphi. My question is, If the Course is to be respected as a guide in correction (on any level) how can we excuse ‘it’ (Jesus) for […]

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Where can I find the decision maker?

Q. Where can I find the best passages in the Course about the decision maker?

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Does the Course have any advice about cutting off memories?

Q. I’ve found that the memories that keep coming up are a major factor in sustaining the ego. Does the Course have any advice about cutting off memories? A. You could really say that the whole Course is about that, in that it’s about undoing the past and freeing us from its burden. I’ll tell […]

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